Christ Church Halton (Methodist/United Reformed)
Welcome to Christ Church
Christ Church, Halton extends a warm welcome to everyone interested in visiting our church for worship, fellowship, support and friendship.
If you are not familiar with our church we hope you will take time to visit us where you will be made most welcome. Being a Local Ecumenical Partnership church, in both Methodist and United Reformed traditions, we welcome people of any or no previous church affiliation to join with us in learning more about the Christian faith.
We have Junior Church who continue their own programme of learning, but are happy for those too young to join Junior Church to stay with their carer throughout the service. Children (accompanied by a parent/ grandparent/ carer) are also welcome at Messy Church on one Saturday afternoon a month. We started this in February 2010 and it regularly has around 50 children attending so with their accompanying adults and 20 plus helpers it can get rather crowded and noisy but enjoyable!
Worship Resources : We are using Singing the Faith (and have the electronic version of this) but preachers can also select from Rejoice & Sing, the Concordia Song Book and other material. We use two large screens via the digital projectors and PowerPoint. Large print copies of the first three named are available on request from the reception stewards. The Good News Bible and the New Revised Standard Version are our Church Bibles and copies are available for use during services.
A brief history of Christ Church
Christ Church is a Local Ecumenical Partnership , under the sponsorship of WYEC (West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council), bringing together Halton Methodist Church and Halton United Reformed Church.
The two churches started worshipping together at Easter 1988. ‘The congregations of Halton Methodist Church and Halton United Reformed Church united to become a Local Ecumenical Project known as Christ Church Halton. The first meeting of the Christ Church Council was held on July 20th 1989 and a celebratory service was held on October 1st 1989. On November 6th 1989 Halton URC agreed to ask their Trustees to offer the buildings and site for tender. Plans were made for a new £600,000 Christ Church Halton by JH Langtry-Langton and the builders were WV Patrick Ltd. The old chapel was closed on October 14th 1990 and the start of building was on May 5th 1992: the URC was demolished by September 1992. The takeover at the new church was on April 9th 1993 and the church opened on Easter Sunday 1993.’ (extract reproduced with the permission of John Gilleghan MBE)
The former Methodist Church, which had the larger membership, was demolished in April 1991 to make way for the new Christ Church building. The former United Reformed Church was vacated in February 1992, the building and land being sold in order to invest the proceeds in the new building. Services and all associated activities, from March 1992 until the the new building was completed, were held in the local schools.
The two churches came together with a deep conviction that, if the church was to be a vital part of the community in Halton, new initiatives in mission were necessary. We believe that Christ was, and is still, calling us into this joint venture, that we may together worship, witness and serve in the midst of the neighbourhood in which we are situated (see our Mission Statement)
The Methodist tradition in Halton dates from 1810 and the Congregational (later part of the URC) from 1925. The extract above and a full account of all denominations in Halton and surrounding areas may be found under “Churches and Chapels” on pages 47-57 of local historian John Gilleghan’s Halton: the story of an East Leeds Village (Leeds: Kingsway Press, 2004).
Past & Present Ministers of Christ Church
1986 Revd Marlene Wilkinson
1993 Revd Howard Smith
1995 Revd Keith Hunt
1996 Revd Ruth Crofton
2001 Revd Robert J Kitching
2006 Revd Georgina Brotherton
2008 Revd Joyce Nicholson (with grateful thanks from our congregation after her formal retirement as a Minister)
2009 Revd Robert Creamer
John Gilleghan’s Halton has a list of ministers of the two churches prior to this period.
Mission Statement for the Leeds North and East Circuit
We are Christians living in the east and north of Leeds who aim to be grouped together to make a difference with God. We are inspired to deepen God-centred discipleship and engage with others to seek God’s purposes.
In our first three years we seek to achieve this by:
1. Deepening discipleship through exploring patterns of worship, discussion, spiritual exploration, pastoral care and training.
2. Strategic and sacrificial use of buildings and support of congregations, capitalising on ecumenical and other partnerships.
3. Engaging with families, children, and young people through new initiatives, networks, and virtual communities. Embodying confidence in carrying out God’s mission.
4. Working alongside disadvantaged communities, older people, foreign national congregations and economically challenged people near and far.
Christ Church is open every day of the week and in use by a wide range of groups of all ages. (It feels as though it is bulging at the seams). Below you will find details of regular users.
To go direct to one of the groups above click on its name. In many cases clicking on a logo or photo in an entry will take you to the website of the parent organisation.
Many other groups use the premises irregularly for concerts, meetings, training courses etc and councillors hold surgeries/clinics here and Christ Church is occasionally the venue for Halton Forum etc. It is also often, of course, the venue for large services, training, meetings and conferences of both parent denominations. If details of your group are missing or need amending please email me .
DIRECTIONS: If you are holding a meeting at Christ Church and some attendees are unfamiliar with the location the directions are here.
If you are interested in booking rooms please go to Room Bookings.
We meet at 10.30am every Sunday except the first in the month, when we meet altogether for a family service.
All children are welcome from the age of 3 to 16. Young people of 16 or over may choose to remain with their friends in the upper group or stay in church with the rest of the congregation.
We leave the main service at around 10:50am and the classes last for about 40 minutes. We work from a Christian magazine called Roots and enjoy many activities including arts and crafts, drama, music, games and cooking. A theme is set for each week based on a Bible reading, but given a modern twist so the children can understand. This gives the children a good foundation to learn about the Bible and teachings of Jesus.
Helen Lappage – Junior Church Leader .
What is Messy Church? I might hear you ask. Well basically it is as the name suggests – it is lots of friendly people making a mess! (So don’t come in smart clothes!)
It is on the second Saturday of every month from 2-4pm. Children and their parents are invited to join us at Christ Church for an hour of different craft activities all based around a particular theme, followed by some lively songs and even a puppet show! The puppets tell us more about the theme of the day by performing a Bible story, then we pray and eat some tasty food together and have a good natter before we head for home.
We’ve even had a baptism in the middle of Messy Church, with over 150 people there!
Messy Church costs just £1 per child and is the Saturday event that every family should have the chance to experience. Want to see church as you’ve never seen it before? Then see you soon at Messy Church!
By the way, Messy Church isn’t something we have done ‘out of the blue’ – it really works in churches all over the country (there are at least 20 Messy Churches just in Yorkshire that we know about, including St Mary’s Whitkirk just up the road and at Crossgates Methodist Church) and there’s a Messy Church website where you can find out all about it.
Messy Church does mean a lot of work (at each one there are about 20 plus volunteers, aged from 13 to 70 plus, involved doing all kinds of things – besides at least one parent, grandparent etc for each family) but it is worth it and a lot of fun!
Do join us, we have been going three years and a half – it’s great!
The Church hosts Zero plus which is a mixed group of parents, carers, grandparents, babies and toddlers from birth to nursery age.
They meet during term time on Tuesday morning from 9:15am until 11.00am. Coffee and chat are offered for the adults, and toys, juice and biscuits for the children.
The Christ Church Office of the Leeds North and East Circuit is open Tuesday mornings 10.0 – 11.00 and Thursday mornings 10.00 – 12.00.
Please use the entrance at the side of the building. A door bell is being fitted but if Steve does not hear this, please tap on the window.
Bible Study Group
The Thursday morning Bible Fellowship group meets in term time from 9:15am to 10:30am, studying the Bible, in particular as it relates to our lives today. There is a short prayer time and opportunity for fellowship. All are welcome.
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Concordia is a group of people who enjoy singing the Lord’s praise.
Practices are at church on the 2nd and 4th Sunday evenings of each month, from 7:15pm to 8:15pm. Anyone who enjoys singing is welcome to join us; just come along to one of the practice evenings.
A Pastoral Carer looks after a small group of people, visiting them regularly and distributing Contact (the monthly magazine of Christ Church and Colton Methodist Church). He or she will also act as a link, informing the Minister in case of illness or other problems. The Pastoral Carers meet together about three times a year to share concerns. If you wish to become a Pastoral Carer, be included on the pastoral register, or have a particular pastoral problem, please contact Christine Townsend or our Minister (see TOP OF PAGE).
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Christ Church Halton Guild
The Wesley Guild is an organisation, within the Methodist Church, which caters for men and women of all ages to meet, share their faith, look at the issues and needs of the local community and the wider world, enjoy cultural and artistic interests and participate in social activities.
The Guild does not have a membership as such. You are welcome to come as and when you are able, or when a particular topic or speaker is of interest to you. At Halton, the Guild meets on Tuesday evenings at 8 o’clock, from September to Easter, and less frequently during the summer for social activities and fund-raising events. The Programme for the next session is now available HERE.
The Townswomen’s Guild meets every second Monday in the month between 2:00 and 4:00pm. We have speakers entertaining us with a variety of subjects. We arrange outings, visits to the theatre, coffee morning’s in members’ gardens and celebrate the Guild birthday by going out for a meal. At the end of each meeting we have a welcome cup of tea and enjoy a chat with fellow members. New members are always welcome.
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1st Halton Christ Church Brownies
Brownies is for girls 7 – 10 years old, meeting on Thursday evenings during term time, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The meetings include a varied programme of crafts, activities, games and mostly fun! It gives girls the opportunity of working together and learning new things.
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Halton (Christ Church) Rainbows
Rainbows have fun! They take part in activities as part of our program, which is called the ‘Rainbow Jigsaw’. Our meetings are full of games and activities that provide opportunities for Rainbows to think for themselves, and help to make decisions about different things the unit does.
Everything the Rainbows do helps them to develop, giving them an opportunity to look, learn, laugh and love. Rainbows are the youngest members of Girlguiding UK , starting once they reach the age of 5 and can then move on to Brownies at the age of seven. The Unit meets each Thursday in term time from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Further details please contact Kathryn Glasby , Rainbow Guider (0113 264 0176).
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Chapel Street Pre-School
Open everyday with morning sessions being from 9.15 to 11.45am and afternoon sessions from 1.00 til 3.30. There is also the facility for children to stay for the full day (9.15-3.30). We offer places to children aged 2 to 4 years.
The group provides good quality care and education within a safe and stimulating environment. The aim of the group is to ensure that the children are happy and interested in learning through play, and to support their growing independence.
We have lots of exciting activities for the children to try like cutting cooked spaghetti, handling play dough, glop and shaving foam as well as more traditional activities like books, jigsaws and the home corner. For those children who need more physical activities we have climbing and balancing equipment, tunnels and lots of singing and dancing.
We operate an ‘open door policy’ where anybody is welcome to call without an appointment. If you are interested to know more or would like simply to come and have a look around, please call in, use our intercom at the main entrance.
Alternatively, speak to Beverly Holroyd (Bev), Pre-school manager on 0113 2640093 or email Chapel Street Pre-School.
Ofsted registration no 512718
Arthritis Care (Halton Branch)
The group meets at 2.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
It aims to help people of all ages who suffer from arthritis, giving practical help such as filling in forms, NHS problems or Social Services problems. There are speakers and also coach trips using special built Social Services coaches and holidays can be arranged for branch members.
The branch seeks to alleviate the loneliness, isolation, frustration and sometimes depression of people with arthritis, and empower them to cope with the difficulties of life.
An activity for men and women, meeting Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 3pm. This is an informal gathering for conversation, refreshments, an opportunity to read the morning papers, exchange books, and develop other social activities if desired.
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Halton Luncheon Club
Our club was called the W.R.V.S. Halton Luncheon Club . It had been around for 28 years (or more) on 5 May 2010. Barbara, the club organiser, celebrated her 80th birthday in March 2010 and decided that she and her stalwart assistant Sheila should retire. They are now enjoying a chance to relax more on Thursdays! Christ Church wishes them both well.
Christ Church, however, is carrying on the good work started by Barbara and her colleagues and has assumed responsibility for the Club. The team is now led by Barrie Rudge.
The club offers a good nourishing meal of home made soup, a main course and a pudding for £2.30, plus 10p for a cup of coffee or tea, which is optional. There is no joining fee or weekly subs, but we do have a raffle, prizes mostly supplied by our members. There is a pantomime trip and a meal afterwards usually in January or February and if there is anything suitable a further trip through the year. Maundy Thursday is celebrated with chocolate and we do have a Christmas Lunch. Our members come from Halton, Whitkirk and Crossgates. We are a happy band and in spite of the hard work, our volunteers enjoy Thursdays as much as the members. We are always happy to see new members and Barrie can be contacted on Leeds 2946843.
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Room Booking and Description of Premises
The premises are used regularly by both church and community groups as shown above.
The Main Hall is very popular with local parents for young children’s birthday parties, and there are other rooms of various sizes available both for regular or one off events. Our movable internal walls (on ground and first floors) afford great flexibility in size and areas available. The ground floor can be made into one, two or three areas in six different combinations i.e.
1. Church (singly)
2. Main hall (singly)
3. Lounge (singly)
4. Church + hall
5. Church + lounge 6
6. Church + hall + lounge
Ground floor The building is fully accessible on the ground floor, with an induction loop system in the worship area, hall and coffee lounge. There are accessible toilets on the ground floor.
First floor On the first floor, reached by stairs, there are meeting rooms, toilets, a small kitchen and a creche with its own child sized toilets and shower unit. The creche is soundproofed, wired for sound and overlooking the worship area which enables anyone who needs to leave worship with a small child to continue to take part.
Parking There are 25 spaces in the car park at the rear and additional parking nearby if necessary (contact us for details).
Directions to Christ Church are downloadable here.
SEATING NUMBERS Lounge: 30; Hall: 60 ; Church: 120: Upstairs 4 & 5 20
BOOKING PRICES (per hour) from 1 April 2012 : Hall £20.00; Lounge £20.00 ; Church £20.00 ; Small Room Upstairs £10.00 ; Middle Room Upstairs £18.00
Wedding Costs Organist £30.00 ; Stewards £30.00 ; Registrar £30.00 ; Church £55.00 ; Minister £60.00
Funeral Costs: Organist £30.00 Stewards £30.00 Minister £85.00 Church £55.00
To make a booking, please ring Pauline Wood (0113 264 7510)
Classes are suitable for all fitness levels and are held :
Monday at 8.15pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Selby Road, Whitkirk
& Wednesday at 8.15pm at Christ Church (in the Main Hall), Chapel Street, Halton, LS15 7RW
Every 60-minute class includes a gentle warm-up, 30-minute aerobic workout, muscle toning and strengthening segment with weights, and a stretch finale (bring mat and drink).
PRICES – £3.50 per class, £14 – 5 classes, £22 – 8 classes + gift
Instructor – Karen Whittam.
For more information please ring 0113 2552619
Worship 10:30 – 11:30am (with Junior Church)
Communion on 3rd Sunday in month
Concordia Singing Group practice 7:15 – 8:15pm (2nd and 4th Sunday in month)
Pre School 9:15 -3.30 (term-time only)
Dyphasia Support Group 2-4pm
Townswomens’ Guild 2:00 – 4:00pm (2nd Monday in month)
Zumba Fitness Class 7pm – 8pm (school holidays only – usually held at Temple Moor High School)
Zero plus (Mums & toddlers) 9:15 – 11:00am
Circuit Office 9.30a.m.- 12.30pm
Arthritis Care 2:00 – 4:00pm (1st week in month)
Weight Watchers 5.30 – 7.30pm
Communion 7:15 – 7:45pm (1st Tuesday in month)
Christ Church Halton Guild 8:00 – 9:30pm (Sept – Easter)
Pre-School 9.15- 3.30 (term-time only)
Zumba Fitness Class 10am -11am
Open house 1:30 – 3pm
Prayer Meeting 7pm-8pm (in the vestry)
Pre-School 9.15 – 3.30(term-time only)
Bible Fellowship9:15 – 10:30am (Term time)
Circuit Office 9.30am – 12.30pm
Luncheon Club 12:30 – 2:00pm
Cross Gates & District Good Neighbours Scheme 1.30-3.30pm
Rainbows 5:30 – 6:30pm
Brownies 6:30 – 8:00pm
Tea Dance 2:00 – 4:00pm
Messy Church (one Saturday per month) 2pm-4pm
Images of Christ Church
The 17th anniversary of Christ Church’s new building has just been celebrated. Old and new church photos were displayed for the Treasures Revealed in Leeds 2010 week and some will appear here. The page will eventually contain photos of the history of the two churches which came together to form Christ Church plus current events and activities and those of the past.
Music and Musicals
Music has always been important in the life of Christ Church which inherited rich traditions from the two churches which came together. Members of Concordia continue to take part in worship at Christ Church and elsewhere and take part in concerts at Christ Church and many other places. The members of Christ Church taking part in musicals have been augmented on most occasions by people from our sister church (Colton Methodist) , other churches in the Leeds East Circuit (formerly Richmond Hill) and on a number of occasions from elsewhere. A Roger Jones musical, ‘Saints Alive’ ,helped to bring Halton Methodist Church and Halton URC together and was later performed by the Circuit in the amphitheatre at Temple Newsam. A long line of further musicals followed (some mainly Christ Church, others Circuit & District). These included, not in chronological order:-‘A New Creation’; ‘Holy Boy’;’Holy Man’; ‘Pharaoh to Freedom’; ‘Rock Nativity’ ; ‘Simeon’; ‘Singing, Dancing Carpenter’; ‘While Shepherds Watched’ and ‘Wildfire’ Oh, and we also sing secular material! (As in our ‘Sing the Musicals Concerts’)(twice).
The Old and New Buildings
The two congregations of Halton Methodist Church and Halton United Reformed Church started worshipping together from Easter 1988 with services alternating in the two buildings. After a fire under the stage in the Methodist building it was decided that services would continue in future at the URC. The site of the latter was eventually sold and whilst the new church, on the old Methodist site, was being built we used Temple Moor School for services and some other activities carried on at Whitkirk Middle school.